Hannah Guzzi ’14 and Zoe Chazen ’14 led Andover to a 5-0 victory over Thayer Academy last Wednesday, netting three and two goals, respectively.
Andover’s first goal came off a Chazen assist. Chazen dribbled up the flank and crossed the ball to Guzzi, who slotted the ball past the Thayer goalie. Guzzi struck again minutes later when she followed up a shot that rebounded off the Thayer goalie. Soon after, Chazen shot the ball into the back of the net off a corner kick from Nekele McCall ’14.
Before the end of the half, Guzzi buried a pass from McCall, raising the score to 4-0. With its defense shutting down the Thayer strikers, its midfielders linking passes and its strikers getting shots on net, Andover dominated the half.
In the second half, Andover sealed the game thanks to an unassisted shot from Chazen, which went into the top of the box.
McCall said, “We really dominated. We knew going into the match that we were more skilled, but that didn’t affect our style of play. We just played the game we always have, and I think the scoreboard reflects it. Every game is equally important.”
Andover tied a skilled team from Northfield Mount Hermon this Saturday 2-2 with two goals from Co-Captain Leah Humes ’12.
Both teams battled for control of the game, and NMH struck first with a free kick from 25 yards out. Andover fought valiantly for a scoring opportunity and came very close on multiple occasions. However, the tall NMH goalie stopped all of Andover’s shots.
Andover’s back line, led by Kaylie Williams ’12 and Piper Curtis ’13, kept the quick NMH strikers at bay, ending the half with NMH up 1-0.
Andover surged into the second half, attempting to get back into the game. Its chance came when McCall threaded a pass through the NMH defense to Humes, who cracked a shot off the post and into the goal.
With the score level at one, both teams pressed for another goal. NMH succeeded when a striker managed to slip behind Andover’s defense and shot the ball into the back of the net.
Down by one goal, Andover again strived for an equalizer. Humes scored the crucial goal off a long throw in from Kira Wyckoff ’12. The game ended in a time.
With a 9-2-1 record, Andover Girls Soccer will travel to Deerfield Academy this Saturday.